Edwin Diaz–ranked by MLB.com as the No. 2 prospect in the Mariners' farm system–turned in a gem to open his 2016 campaign, striking out nine and surrendering just two hits in six shutout innings. The performance led the Jackson Generals (1-0) to a 6-0 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits (0-1) in the season opener.
In total, Diaz generated three groundouts and five fly outs, in addition to his nine strikeouts. He threw 59 of his 83 pitches for strikes and threw first-pitch strikes to thirteen of the twenty batters he faced. MiLB.com logged his game score at an impressive 77. One game is one game, but for a farm system in drastic need of signs of success, it was a pretty good start. The Biscuits' lineup featured Rays' top prospects Willy Adames (No. 1), Casey Gillaspie (No. 10), Jake Bauers (No. 24), Jake Hager (No. 26), Kean Wong (No. 29), and Johnny Field (No. 30). Naturally, people had some good stuff to say about Diaz along the way:
Way too early observation: Edwin Diaz using way more offspeed pitches this season. Just K’d the side with great sequencing.— Brandon Liebhaber (@B_Liebhaber) April 8, 2016
Two great pitching prospects bringing it today in AA faceoff:— Justin Perline (@jperline) April 8, 2016
Edwin Diaz: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8K
Jacob Faria: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
6 consecutive strikeouts for the @Mariners #1 pitching prospect, Edwin Diaz. #Generals— Mariners Minors (@MiLBMariners) April 8, 2016
And because numerous other M's prospects played in this game, here are some notes (along with other highlights from other games):
- The Generals scored their first run of the year on a D.J. Peterson RBI single in the bottom of the sixth. Peterson finished the day with two singles. It was his first multi-hit game since July 29th in his Tacoma debut. That feels like awhile ago, but keep in mind that his 2015 regular season ended on August 1st.
- Tyler O'Neill bashed a two-RBI triple in his AA-debut because Jeff Ames decided it'd be cool and fun to just keep throwing baseballs in the same general spot.
- Eight of the nine Generals hitters recorded a base hit. The only one that didn't was Zach Shank, who recorded two walks.
- Over in Clinton, Dalton Kelly reached base three times and scored twice in the Lumberkings' 2-1 opening day victory. If you have a soft spot for light-hitting, high-OBP first basemen with a slick glove, you have yourself a new favorite prospect.
- Andrew Moore tossed six shutout innings for the Bakersfield Blaze in his Cal League debut, recording six strikeouts while allowing six hits and a walk along the way. The (understandable) consensus when the M's picked Moore was that they reached for him, but man, that dude just gets everybody out.
- Austin Wilson did some things:
— Bakersfield Blaze (@BakoBlaze) April 8, 2016
Austin Wilson blasts a solo HR!! 1-0 Blaze in the 6th.— Mariners Minors (@MiLBMariners) April 8, 2016
- Mayckol Guaipe tossed two perfect innings to pick up the save for the Rainiers in a 3-2 win over Albuquerque. Guaipe struck out two and threw 20 of 21 pitches for strikes. C the Z, kids.
Baseball is back. It's really, really, back. Go M's.